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Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #18 (QS) ,
Materials very often set the bounds for what can be achieved by man. Materials Science and Engineering aims to push these bounds by investigating, understanding and engineering the relations that exist between the microstructure, the synthesis and processing, the properties, and the performance of all materials, i.e. of what we make all engineered structures from.


Thirteen different engineering science programs, customised PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors, a modern, fast-developing campus spread over some 10,000m2, close ties to industry: EPFL offers an exceptional student experience to young people planning a higher education in science and technology.

Research areas:

  • EPFL encourages a spirit of adventure and is committed to innovative projects bringing fundamental and applied research together - driving innovation and technology transfer.
  • EPFL has a unique organization that stimulates interdisciplinary research and fosters partnerships with other institutions. It combines ongoing basic research and engineering.
  • With more than 300 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of the Europe's most innovative and productive technology institutes. At EPFL the emphasis is on both theoretical and applied research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research in Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL encompasses essentially all classes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, construction materials, semiconductors, and composites, aimed at a wide array of applications that span from nano-scale devices over hot blades of aircraft turbines to biomedical devices. Laboratories active in Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL comprise the various laboratories of EPFL’s Institute of Materials and many laboratories within other research Institutes of the School of Engineering Sciences, the School of Basic Sciences, and the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research domains
  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers and Composite
  • Construction Materials
  • Structural Materials
  • Functional Materials
  • Materials Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Biomaterials.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You will be asked to upload a pdf version of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full.
Please note that your candidacy will only be considered if your complete application is validated within the online system by the date of the selected deadline (including the recommendations). Material sent by email or fax will not be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • For students with a Master degree of a foreign university, CHF 150.00
  • For students with a Master degree of a Swiss university, CHF 50.00

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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